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08-13-10, 03:11 PM
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Posted By ErikHaugen

There is no shortage of complete instructions,...

There is no shortage of complete instructions, from Basalite, my dealer, or in the wild, describing how to compact the road base, how much to use, etc. My question is not the "how," it's the "why." I...
08-13-10, 12:40 PM
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Posted By ErikHaugen

Paver patios: failure modes for skipping gravel base

I'm installing some pavers (2 3/8 inch thick basalite) in our back yard. I'm wondering what kinds of things will happen if I skip the step where you dig up 6 extra inches of dirt and put in the...
03-20-08, 12:45 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By ErikHaugen

Everyone, thanks so much. I am going to be...

Everyone, thanks so much.

I am going to be adding several more circuits, maybe 8 more (bathrooms, computer, kitchen, A/C, TV,etc), and it would be ideal if they all could run along here to get...
03-19-08, 09:43 PM
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Views: 2,927
Posted By ErikHaugen

Wiring in unfinished garage

Please consider the picture below:



This is a photo of my garage, where the ceiling meets the wall, about 9 feet off the ground. A number of cables are running along the side of the top plate,...
01-25-08, 02:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 959
Posted By ErikHaugen

It would only use less cable if the lights and...

It would only use less cable if the lights and switch were located in such a way as to make it use less cable. I mean, Bob says:
panel ---14/2----> light ---14/3---> light ---14/2---->switch
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01-25-08, 02:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,398
Posted By ErikHaugen

You would expect a voltage difference across the...

You would expect a voltage difference across the black and ground, so that is not a problem, AFAIK.

It appears as though the white wire here is disconnected somehow.

What is in this junction...
01-25-08, 02:27 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By ErikHaugen

Is this preferable to the OP's plan? I can see...

Is this preferable to the OP's plan? I can see how both would work, but I don't get why this is better if it is.
01-24-08, 01:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,847
Posted By ErikHaugen

In my unfinished garage, there is a romex-type...

In my unfinished garage, there is a romex-type cable (non metallic, but sheathed) coming down along one of the studs to a light switch. It is stapled to the stud. Is this bad to do? If I was going...
01-24-08, 12:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 950
Posted By ErikHaugen

Jon, thanks for the note. Yeah, I have on one...

Jon, thanks for the note. Yeah, I have on one circuit receptacles in 2 bathrooms, several bedrooms, a gas furnace, a doorbell, and a gas fireplace, so maybe you're right. Heh - I was looking at...
01-23-08, 04:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 950
Posted By ErikHaugen

Yes, you may.[/QUOTE] What should I buy here...

Yes, you may.[/QUOTE]

What should I buy here for the wire - a roll of single strand THHN 12 gauge wire? http://www.idealtruevalue.com/servlet/the-70107/Detail Can I run that around the attic etc...
01-23-08, 02:27 PM
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Views: 1,199
Posted By ErikHaugen

But could he be *sure* that *all* the wires on...

But could he be *sure* that *all* the wires on that circuit were #12? Seems pretty risky to upgrade a breaker like that.
01-23-08, 02:14 PM
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Posted By ErikHaugen

If you unscrew the receptacle, you see wires...

If you unscrew the receptacle, you see wires inside the box behind it - can you see *any* length of ground wire inside those cables? (bare copper or green) You just need enough to get a wire nut or...
01-18-08, 12:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,391
Posted By ErikHaugen

Is it legal to put 12 gauge in a 15 amp circuit...

Is it legal to put 12 gauge in a 15 amp circuit that also has 14 gauge? (Say, because you have a giant roll of 12g wire lying around...)
01-16-08, 05:33 PM
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Views: 1,178
Posted By ErikHaugen

Yikes - I mean California.

Yikes - I mean California.
01-16-08, 04:50 PM
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Views: 1,178
Posted By ErikHaugen

Do I need conduit?

My panel is in my garage, and I can see a bunch of wires going up high across the garage and into the attic. Some are in conduit, and some are not. The ones that are not are all stapled to the top...
01-16-08, 03:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 950
Posted By ErikHaugen

Only if they are 3 prong, right? Hmm -...

Only if they are 3 prong, right?



Hmm - maybe I should get a different electrician.




Great - so once I hook up one #12 green wire to the panel, I can just hook grounds to that in a box...
01-16-08, 01:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 950
Posted By ErikHaugen

Options for grounding recepticles

I know there have been a number of similar posts, but I can't find the answers to these questions. My house is ~40 years old, and many of the plugs are 2 prong. The cables are not metal clad or...
01-07-08, 12:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,286
Posted By ErikHaugen

Power outlets in the fireplace?

Not as stupid as it sounds - but I'm not sure if it's ok.

My living room has a gas fireplace. The fireplace is essentially inside a 2x4' doorless closet, and appears to be about 2 feet square -...
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